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Third Grade Book Club Jitters

My critique group suggested I volunteer in a school. So I applied. It's been a crazy experience. When the assistant principal and teachers saw my interest in helping children read - and I wanted to be with my books' target audience, 3rd graders, they suggested an idea. They would like to pull out accelerated readers. Would I like to work…

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Disneyland Reminds Us How to Delight a Child

I just took my law student son and youth pastor son-in-law to Disneyland. It was exactly what my children's writer spirit needed. To see the sheer joy, costume, imagination, delight and laughter created by the expert, Walt Disney, got my engines going again. He knew how to tell a story, and give a child of any age a wonderful experience.…

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SCBWI L.A. Conference – Wow!

The Los Angeles SCBWI (Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators) Conference was packed with over 1200 people. Like a conference in any industry, you need to have a plan to tackle getting the information you need. I introduced Melissa Manlove, editor with Chronicle Books, as one of my regional advisorĀ  (RA) duties. She was terrific. Check out Chronicle's site for…

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Doing Queries for Children’s Magazines

At the SCBWI national conference in Los Angeles 4 years ago, I attended a wonderful workshop by SCBWI regional advisor Sue Ford. (She writes under Sue Uhlig. She was RA in Kansas at the time and is now RA in Oregon!) While I'm published in other industries like health care, I did not have published work in children's literature. (And…

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Clearing Your Head & Roadblock Busters

Everyone hits roadblocks in their work and their writing. Sometimes coming up against one roadblock after another, and sometimes big slam-backs, just make you weary. You need something to clear your brain and give yourself a break. For me, it's running. And especially running along rivers, high desert paths (without super hi heat.) and trails that give me God's spectacular…

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Running & Writing – Writing is Harder

After a back injury related to running 2 marathons, I am blessed to be able to train with running friends and run one year later in the Alameda Half Marathon on this Sat. June 8th. I've done slow training to get to a few 14 mile runs. I've had to retrain my running style, use the PT exercises and more.…

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When there is writing synchronicity

Had to put my two finished manuscripts aside. Now working on the third about the Marsh World - Della Gets Dirty. Della is a 9 year old who hates dirt. But when two marsh animals make her acquaintance, she is drawn into the marsh world. She is faced with the horrible decision between her Dad filling in Frog Pond on…

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